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1/18th F-14B Tomcat conversion

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Here is my 1/18th scale JSI F-14A which I will be converting to a B model because of the poor factory finish.

 

Steve

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One down (RH tank), one to go. Seams scraped, filled and , ready for some primer.

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After much wet sanding the horizontal stab on the left is just about done. Instead of filling the seams I deceided to eliminate them all together, just like on the actual jet. The real ones were one piece boron fiber. I was able to get the edges much thinner to which, looks much better IMO.

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After much trial and error, and referring to Danny Coreman's book "Uncovering the Grumman F-14A/B/D Tomcat", I think I got it. Here are my paper templates for the tail stiffeners. I will use .010" sheet plastic and "layer" them just like the picture shows.

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Since both my 1/18th scale Tomcats will be displayed in the "in flight" mode, I had to come up with a way to support the Cat. For now I came up with this idea. Eventually, I want to have this ( the rods and the pvc halves )made out of clear acrylic. I'm planning on building 2 display cases for both Cats with acrylic covers as well to keep them dust free.

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Started to work on the stiffeners earlier today. Deceided to do the easier one first, the one that goes around the rear boarding step. Here is the before shot.

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And, here is the finished result. The area has been wet sanded and the stiffener glued in place. The steps are glued shut as well. Now to tackle those tail stiffeners

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Sorry for the mixup about posting my " in progress " photos of my F-14 in another thread. I will start my own for those who wish to follow and view the progress as I go. Pics to follow soon. Again, I apoligize for the mixup on my part.

Steve

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FINALLY the tail stiffeners are finished !! These were made out of .010" sheet plastic. It's kinda hard to see the "layers" now but, once they are primed, painted and weathered, the details will pop right out.

Steve

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This is a BEFORE shot of the F-14A cockpit. Since I am converting mine to a B model, the rear instrument panel needs some attention. This would be ALOT easier to do without the cockpit installed in the fuselage. I did not have the guts to tear this entire assembly apart however. The area around the round bluish screen had some raised details that needed to be removed in order to have a flat surface to attach the new screen. I fabricated a new one out of .015" sheet plastic.

Steve

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This shot shows the new panel (the white square shaped one) tacked into place. Once it is painted black and the little details added, it should look fine. Still need to add the RIO's control stick to the LH console and also add the canopy jettison handles to both the front and rear instrument panels.

Steve

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Hard to get good photos of this because it's on the small side but, here is the chin pod with a new scratch built position light and a clear lens for the TCS. Looks much better than the stupid red lens that it comes with.

Steve

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Thanks crackerjazz, hopefully some more soon. This better be worth it.

Steve

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very cool, I will be watching this one with interest

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